nytheatre.com q&a preview by Marissa Rosen
September 23, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Actor playing the role of Carly.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I know everyone says this but I have to say that I came out of the womb wanting to perform. My parents enrolled me in a local theater school when I was about 8 years old and they placed me in a class with 13, 14 and 15 year olds. I was SO EXCITED and it proved to me that this was exactly what I was meant to do. Not to mention the boxes of glittery costumes and cassette tapes that engulfed my bedroom!
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
The three of these positions go hand in hand. I believe that no one person can succeed alone, who would want to. The playwright writes the magic, the director helps create the magic and the performer delivers the magic. This collaboration is the key to a theatrical success.
Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
This show is a hoot. People have already been buzzing about it since it was so wonderfully received in the NYMF. The title alone intrigues people and makes them itchy to know the plot and physically itchy thinking about it! I am so excited to share this show with the world. The music, the story, and I can only imagine the costumes!!
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I would have to say SMART. It takes quite a team to make a musical about a subject people usually cringe about so successful. The witty jokes, the catchy songs and the twists and turns give people something to really think about. If you can write a piece that can make the audience fall in love with a rodent, you deserve an award.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theater is one of the most powerful entities in our world today. Entertainment as a whole is. The involvement and influence that entertainment has on the world is unbelievable. The sheer fact that we can live in a world where one side of the street can have a sold out show about drag queens and the other side a sold out play about politics is amazing. Theater, film and tv has opened peoples eyes to marriage equality and overall acceptance of individuals as a whole. It has allowed for people to be who they are and who they have always wanted to be.